Saturday, August 13, 2011

Heather McCorkle's Blog Tour of Secrets

So one of my writing friends, Heather McCorkle, is releasing her beautiful book The Secret of Spruce Knoll this month and to celebrate her book birthday, she's doing a "Tour of Secrets" blog tour and contest this month. I'm hosting her today on her blog stop, but you can find her popping around in many places this month (including a live chat on YA BOUND on August 30).  Her blog tour giveaway has some really great loot in it so if you're interested in free stuff (and who isn't?), then see the rules and prizes at the bottom of this post.

Now, on to my question for Heather: When did you start riding horses and how many horse-related accidents have you had? (Shut it with feedback about my question. You know I can be tragic...occasionally).

HEATHER: I've had horses for about ten years now. Most of my online friends don't know that I've had three pretty serious horse-related accidents in that time. I was thrown into a fence and broke three bones in my right hand plus my right wrist. The doctor said I may only get 60% use of it back. I proved him wrong though! I'm a writer, there was no way I was going to settle for 60% use of it. :) Besides a wicked scar and pain in rainy and cold weather, it works perfectly and is just as strong as it used to be. The other two accidents are a secret you'll have to learn about on another stop though. ;)

And here's some info about THE SECRET OF SPRUCE KNOLL:

It’s hard enough being a teenager under normal circumstances; imagine being orphaned, sent to live with an unfamiliar aunt—and learning that there really is magic in the world. Following the tragic death of her parents, Eren Donovan moves to Spruce Knoll to live with her aunt. Little does Eren know the entire town of Spruce Knoll is filled with so-called “channelers”—a magical group of people who immigrated to the small Colorado town when they were driven out of their own lands.

Channelers are tied to the fate of the world. As the world slowly dies, so do
they—and they alone have the power to stop the destruction of Earth. Now, Eren learns she not only lives among them, but she is one. When she meets local boy Aiden, his charming tricks show her being a channeler isn’t all bad; in fact, it’s kind of cool.

Now on to the GIVEAWAY rules and prizes (Note-Blog Tour Ends August 31 so you won't know if you won until after that):

1st place: 
*$50 gift certificate to B&N (or the Book Depository if you're over seas). 
*Autographed copy of The Secret Of Spruce Knoll 
*Special swag bag

2nd place: 
*Swag bag filled with:

*Autographed copy of The Secret Of Spruce Knoll 
*Spoiled by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
*Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan 
*Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick 
*A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young 

3rd place: 
*Autographed copy of The Secret Of Spruce Knoll 
*Swag bag

The Rules: You can earn extra points, but if you don’t want to, you don't have to. You can just be a follower of Heather's Odyssey and leave a comment on her post saying you'd like to enter to win. But if you want extra points/entries here's how you can get them:

+1 for being a follower of Heather's Odyssey and commenting (+1 for each blog participating in the giveaway that you follow and comment on. Winners must follow Heather's Odyssey but aren't required to follow each blog participating, you just get more points if you do!).
+2 for adding The Secret Of Spruce Knoll to your To-Read shelf on Goodreads or Shelfari.
+3 for tweeting or posting on Facebook about the giveaway.
+4 for Blogging about The Secret Of Spruce Knoll giveaway.
+5 for placing a link on the sidebar of your blog about the giveaway.


Heather said...

Thank you for having me over Christa! So now I'm dying to know about your 'tragic' ways. You mean I'm not the only one?!

Tina Moss said...

That's so scary. I love horses, but as a city gal, I rarely get to ride. My worse accident was when I didn't have a firm hold as the horse went into a gallop. I was thrown back but thankfully not off the horse. Some separated ribs taught me a better grip!

erica and christy said...

I have to be honest - horses scare me. Good luck on your tour and with the release, Heather!

Fida I said...

Ouch! Three horse accidents?!?! I'm glad you could prove wrong and keep strong! So keep writing! (:

Fida (:

Dora Dee said...

I'm terrified of horses too! My Godfather tried getting me on once when I was young aand i wanted nothing to do with it. I tried again as a teenager. You are brave!

Heather said...

Tina, ouch! Separated ribs are not fun! Sometimes, when I reflect on all my accidents, I wish I was a city girl!

Erica, with good reason, considering all that has happened to me! Thank you for the good luck. :)

Fida, thank you, me too!

Dora, brave, crazy, same thing right?! You'd think I'd learn. ;)

Lorelei said...

I have to say, Heather, that must have really put you back, the accidents, but I think I would be the same way when it came to someone telling me I would only have 60% back in my writing hand!

Your book sounds wonderful! I hope to read it sometime. I know with your writing talent, and how much you have worked on it, it should be a great read!

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Heather, Hi, Christa,

Well another secret unfolds. Heather I admire your determination to continue riding and getting full use of your hand back.

The mind is a force to be reckoned with, isn't it?

Christa it's nice to meet you.... Have a great weekend.

E.R. King said...

Great giveaway! I'm a new follower of Heather's. Good luck with your book launch, Heather! Thanks for opportunity, Christa.

Ms Saba (aka Teacher007.5) said...

Wow, three! I had a horse growing up, I loved her to bits. So glad you got your writing hand back!!! :D

Julie Musil said...

Heather, I had no idea about your horse accidents! I'm glad you've proven doctors wrong, so that you could write your amazing book :D

Heather said...

Lorelei, that's so kind of you, thank you! And yeah, it did set me back but determination won through. :)

Michael, it is indeed! Nothing can beat the power of the mind!

E.R., thank you, for following and for the good luck! I look forward to getting to know you better!

Heather said...

Ms Saba, yay another horse person! I'm so glad I got the use of my hand back too. I can't imagine how different my life would have been.

Julie, that is SO sweet, thank you!

Jessica Subject said...

Heather, I love your determination! A great tour!

Aik said...

I've only had one experience of riding a horse and it was unlike anything I imagined previously - it was quite bumpy. I'm so sorry to hear that you had an accident with the horse, Heather. Good thing you managed to recover. :)

Monica B.W. said...

Ouch!! That sounds painful!